Reader’s Digest was one of the best magazines. The news shocked me. This magazine was an inspiration to many of my generation and my previous generation and the generation before that (considering the number of books my dad and granddad had with them). We had(have) a collection of Reader’s digest magazines from 1980s to 2000. Around 250 books of the greatest magazines ever was packed in my house and also in the attic(some half eaten by termites).
The magazine was a true inspiration to me during my school days with inspiring stories (mostly American), made you laugh (with Laughter the best medicine, Humor in Uniform, All in a day’s work), thrilling with ‘Drama in Real life’ . I used to browse through old ones from my dad’s collection all the time.
Now, the Indianized version of the Reader’s digest which started from 2000 was relatively dull. They featured Bollywood film star interviews(I could read Film fare for that) and dull jokes. During the 00’s I lost interest in the magazine. It was not worth reading anymore.
Anyways the Indian version of the Reader’s digest is still doing good(I believe), but with the American one filing for bankruptcy and the loyal readers(like me) who are losing interest and with the print reader population decreasing at a faster pace with the advance of the online media I guess it wouldn’t be around for long.